Outlining which parties National could work with, Mr Key said he would prefer to continue working with Act, the Maori Party and United Future after this year’s election but could add Colin Craig’s Conservative Party.
However, he would not rule out NZ First.
From the 2011 NZES, a ranking of how unlikable New Zealand’s political leaders are:
This will have jumped around a little bit since then. John Banks will be even more unpopular than Don Brash, and whoever takes over ACT will start off at at-least Brash like levels of public opprobrium. Peter Dunne will now be very unpopular (funny the way Dunne ‘negotiated’ his Revenue Minister portfolio as part of a post-election deal but now gets doled out Conservation, Associate Health and Internal Affairs as part of a standard government reshuffle, just like any other National MP. Another sign that the United Future ‘Party’ is just another of National’s Potemkin parties.)
I assume Colin Craig is at Brash/Harawira heights of loathing or higher.
Peters was only slightly more unpopular in 2008 (41%). If you’re going to rule in Colin Craig, Peter Dunne and ACT then you might as well suck it up and rule in Winston Peters as well. It’s not going to cost you anything and it might mean you get to be Prime Minister for another three years.
If this is bad news for anyone I’d say its bad news for Colin Craig. Older crankier, racister soft-National voters can vote for New Zealand First safe in the knowledge that they’re not explicitly voting for a Labour-led government.